Born in 1959

Jan 1 Panagiotis Giannakis a retired Greek professional basketball player and a current professional basketball coach of continental reputation. He is the former head coach of the pro club Olympiacos, and the Greek National Basketball Team. Under Giannakis' guidance, the Greek National team won the gold medal at the FIBA EuroBasket 2005, and the silver medal at the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan. Giannakis also coached an Athenian professional team, Maroussi, which he led to the forefront of Greek League basketball. He has also been the head coach of the Chinese National Team
Jan 1 Sergei Tashuyev a Russian professional football coach. He manages FC Anzhi Makhachkala
Jan 1 Abdul Ahad Mohmand a former Afghan Air Force aviator who became the first Afghan and 4th Muslim to journey to outer space. He became one of Soyuz TM-6 crew members and spent nine days aboard the Mir space station in 1988 as an Intercosmos Research Cosmonaut. He became the fourth Muslim to visit outer space, after Sultan bin Salman Al Saud, Muhammed Faris, and Musa Manarov. Pashto is considered the fourth spoken language in space after he made a telephone call to Afghanistan. Momand is also believed to be the first Muslim who took the Qur'an to the space
Jan 1 Vladimir Puchkov a Russian political figure who is the Minister of Emergency Situations since May 2012.
Jan 1 Azali Assoumani a president of the Comoros. He became leader of the country on 30 April 1999 after leading a coup to depose acting president Tadjidine Ben Said Massounde, who he saw as pandering to the independence movement on Anjouan. He won multi-party elections in 2002, prior to which he was constitutionally required to temporarily step down in order to run as a candidate
Jan 1 Lysa Thatcher a pornographic actress during the 1970s and 1980s. She was inducted into the XRCO Hall of Fame in 2008
Jan 1 Andy Andrews (tennis) a former professional tennis player from the United States. He was born in Raleigh, North Carolina
Jan 1 Michel Onfray a contemporary French writer and philosopher who adheres to hedonism and anarchism. He is a highly prolific author on philosophy, having written more than 50 books
Jan 2 Pyotr Stepanov a Transnistrian politician and was the Prime Minister of Transnistria from 18 January 2012 until 10 July 2013.
Jan 2 Kirti Azad a former Indian cricketer who played in 7 Tests and 25 ODIs from 1980 to 1986.
Jan 3 Fyodor Yurchikhin a Russian cosmonaut of Greek descent and RSC Energia test-pilot who has flown on three spaceflights. His first spaceflight was a 10-day Space Shuttle mission STS-112. His second was a long-duration stay aboard the International Space Station as a Flight Engineer for Expedition 15; for this mission he was launched in the Soyuz TMA-10 spacecraft. He has undertaken two further long-duration stays aboard the ISS, as a crew member of Expedition 24 / 25. For this mission he was launched with the spacecraft Soyuz TMA-19, and he landed in November 2010, also with the TMA-19 spacecraft. He served as Soyuz Commander for his fourth mission aboard Soyuz TMA-09M, as Flight Engineer for Expedition 36 and ISS Commander for Expedition 37
Jan 3 Klāvs Elsbergs a Latvian poet and translator. He was the son of Latvian poet Vizma Belševica
Jan 3 Alessandro Andrei an Italian former shot putter. He was born in Florence
Jan 4 Ali Ahmeti a Macedonian politician of Albanian descent, leader of the Democratic Union for Integration, and a junior coalition partner in the Macedonian government since 2008. Ahmeti is also known as the political leader of the former Albanian National Liberation Army in the Macedonian Conflict in 2001
Jan 5 Oleg Smolyaninov a Russian professional football coach and a former player. He made his professional debut in the Soviet Second League in 1977 for FC Torpedo Taganrog. He played 1 game in the UEFA Cup 1990–91 for FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
Jan 5 Clancy Brown an American film, television and voice actor. He is known for his live-action roles as Captain Byron Hadley in The Shawshank Redemption; The Kurgan in Highlander; Brother Justin Crowe in Carnivàle and Career Sergeant Zim in Starship Troopers. Brown is also known for providing the voices of animated characters such as Eugene Krabs in the animated series SpongeBob SquarePants; Lex Luthor throughout various DC projects; Captain Black and Ratso in Jackie Chan Adventures; Otto in Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!; Neo Cortex in the original Crash Bandicoot video games and Savage Opress in Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Jan 5 Askar Aitmatov Chingizovich Aitmatov served as Foreign Minister in the Government of Kyrgyzstan from June 2002 to March 2005. He was dismissed immediately after the Tulip Revolution. He is the son of the late Kyrgyz writer Chinghiz Aitmatov
Jan 5 Nancy Delahunt a Canadian curler from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Delahunt currently plays third for Colleen Jones
Jan 5 David Eastwood a British academic who has been Vice-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham since 13 April 2009.
Jan 6 Kapil Dev a former Indian cricketer. He captained the Indian cricket team which won the 1983 Cricket World Cup. Named by Wisden as the Indian Cricketer of the Century in 2002, Kapil Dev was one of the greatest all-rounders of all time. He was also India's national cricket coach for 10 months between October 1999 and August 2000
Jan 6 Kathy Sledge the youngest of five sisters, Carol, Debra, Joni and Kim. She is an American singer who has had several hits on the International Pop and Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, including "Take Me Back To Love Again," which hit #1 in 1992. She is the granddaughter of former opera singer Viola Williams, and daughter to Florez Sledge and former Broadway star Edwin Sledge of dance-tap duo "Fred and Sledge"
Jan 7 Jon Larsen an autodidact guitarist, composer, surrealistic painter, and record producer with heavy influence on the revival of Gypsy jazz worldwide. Founder of the Hot Club de Norvège , the Django Festival , Hot Club Records , Symphonic Django , Zonic Entertainment , and Den Gyldne Banan , and the Project Stardust , in 2010. In 2007 he received the Buddy Award for his lifelong contribution to jazz
Jan 7 Ross Norman a former professional squash player from New Zealand. He is best remembered for winning the World Open in 1986, when he beat Jahangir Khan of Pakistan in the final 9-5, 9-7, 7-9, 9-1. The win marked the end of an unbeaten run for Khan that had stretched for over five years. Norman had been ranked the World 2 behind Khan for some time going into the match, but despite a single-minded determination to end his unbeaten run had been unable to end the total dominance that the Pakistani had held over the game. Norman had vowed: "One day Jahangir will be slightly off his game and I will get him." That day finally came in the final of squash's biggest tournament, which was held that year in Toulouse, France
Jan 7 Marina Sanaya an Olympic figure skater who competed representing the Soviet Union. She placed 18th at the 1972 Winter Olympics. She was 13 years old at that time
Jan 7 Peter Mokaba a member of the South African parliament, deputy minister in the government of Nelson Mandela and president of the South African governing party's youth wing, the ANC Youth League. The Polokwane stadium for the 2010 FIFA World Cup was named after him
Jan 7 Angela Smith Baroness Smith of Basildon a British Labour Co-operative politician who was the Member of Parliament for Basildon from 1997 until she was defeated in 2010. She was a Minister of State in the Cabinet Office, incorporating the offices of Minister for the Third Sector and Minister for Social Exclusion. She was made a life peer in 2010
Jan 7 Kathy Valentine a musician and songwriter best known for her work in The Go-Go's.
Jan 8 Josef Reiter (judoka) a retired judoka from Austria, who represented his native country at three consecutive Summer Olympics.
Jan 8 Paul Hester an Australian musician and television personality; he was the drummer for the related bands Split Enz and Crowded House.
Jan 9 Otis Nixon a former Major League Baseball player. He was a center fielder and switch-hitter who played from 1983 to 1999. He has stolen the most bases for a player that has never appeared in an MLB All-Star game since the All-Star Game was inaugurated in 1933
Jan 9 Rigoberta Menchú an indigenous Guatemalan woman, of the K'iche' ethnic group. Menchú has dedicated her life publicizing the rights of Guatemala's indigenous peoples during and after the Guatemalan Civil War , and to promote indigenous rights in the country. She received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992 and the Prince of Asturias Award in 1998. She is the subject of the testimonial biography I, Rigoberta Menchú and the author of the autobiographical work, Crossing Borders
Jan 9 Mark Martin an inactive American stock car racing driver. He last drove the 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on an interim basis until car owner Tony Stewart was cleared following a sprint car-related injury from August 2013. As of 2014 he had the second most wins in the Nationwide Series, with 49. He finished second in the Sprint Cup Series standings five times, and has been described by ESPN as "The best driver to never win a championship." Martin, with five IROC Championships, has more than any other driver. Also, during the 2005 season, Martin took over the all-time record for IROC wins, with thirteen
Jan 10 Sherman Augustus an American actor. Augustus played professional football with the San Diego Chargers and Minnesota Vikings. He played college football at Northwestern College in Saint Paul, Minnesota with Jimmy Bridges
Jan 10 Henryk Petrich a former Polish amateur boxer, who won the Light Heavyweight bronze medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympic games.
Jan 10 Chris Van Hollen the U.S. Representative for Maryland's 8th congressional district, serving since 2003. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district includes most of Montgomery County, an affluent suburban county adjacent to Washington, D.C., as well as portions of Carroll and Frederick counties. He is an alumnus of the Kodaikanal International School, a very prestigious school in southern India
Jan 10 Bernhard Hoff a former East German sprinter who specialised in the 200 metres.
Jan 10 Fran Walsh a New Zealand screenwriter, film producer and lyricist. She is the life partner of filmmaker Peter Jackson. They have two children – Billy and Katie
Jan 11 Rob Ramage a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman who played 15 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Colorado Rockies, Louis Blues, Calgary Flames, Toronto Maple Leafs, Minnesota North Stars, Tampa Bay Lightning, Montreal Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers. He also played one season in the World Hockey Association for the Birmingham Bulls. Ramage was born in Byron, Ontario, but grew up in London, Ontario
Jan 12 Nick Nairn a Scottish celebrity chef. He became the youngest Scottish chef to win a Michelin star in the early 1990s
Jan 12 Vladimir Yashchenko a Ukrainian member of the Soviet national team and former world record holder in the high jump.
Jan 12 Sergey Chervyakov a Soviet Nordic combined skier who competed from 1982 to 1987. He won a bronze medal in the 3x10 km team event at the 1987 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Oberstdorf and finished tenth in the 15 km individual at Seefeld in 1985
Jan 12 Veronika Cherkasova a Belarusian journalist, born in Minsk, Belarus. She was stabbed to death in her Minsk apartment on October 20, 2004
Jan 12 Ralf Möller a German-American actor and former competitive bodybuilder. He is best known for his roles of Brick Bardo in Cyborg, Kjartan in The Viking Sagas, the title character in the television show Conan the Adventurer, Hagen in Gladiator, Thorak in The Scorpion King and Ulfar in Pathfinder
Jan 12 Branislav Đukanović a Montenegrin football manager and former Goalkeeper.
Jan 12 Blixa Bargeld a German-born musician active in a number of artistic fields. He is best known for his studio work and live performances with the groups Einstürzende Neubauten and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. His stage name comes from "Blixa", a German brand of blue felt pen, and Bargeld, German for "cash". Bargeld also refers to German Dada artist Johannes Theodor Baargeld
Jan 12 Per Gessle a Swedish pop singer-songwriter, guitarist, and harmonicist. He is the lead singer of the Swedish pop group Gyllene Tider and formed Roxette with Marie Fredriksson. With Fredriksson's illness in 2002, he went back to recording solo albums, reformed Gyllene Tider in 2004 and became a successful artist in his native Sweden, selling multi-platinum albums
Jan 13 Ernie Irvan a retired American stock car racing driver. A former competitor in NASCAR, he is best remembered for his comeback after a serious head injury at Michigan International Speedway. He is inducted in numerous halls of fame and was named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998. After a series of concussions in the late 1990s, Irvan retired from racing
Jan 13 Ann Mui a singer and actress. She was the older sister of Hong Kong actress and singer, the late Anita Mui and two brothers. Her mother remarried after her father died. Despite not being twins, their singing voice is strikingly similar, with the only way to tell them apart was the hand in which they hold the microphone. She is best remembered for her supporting roles in many movies, especially Jackie Chan's Police Story 2. She died of cervical cancer, which was proven to be genetic as Anita later died for the same reason. Ann left with her spouse Lap-Tak Poon and two sons. Like Anita, she has a dramatic contralto singing voice, which is a rarity in Chinese Pop music
Jan 13 Gilmar Rinaldi a former Brazilian football goalkeeper, and current football agent of such players as Adriano.
Jan 13 José Bedia Valdés a Cuban painter.